BRC Events

2017 Events at the Earth Guardian Pavilion, Burning Man

Saturday – August 26, 2017

2:00 PM – 4:00 PM – LNT Outreach/ Compliance Team Training –  Since 2013, Earth Guardians have been doing LNT outreach, checking for oil drips, grey water spills, black water spills and burn barrel problems. We were are both LNT advisors and ambassadors.  It’s a great opportunity to have ‘boots on the ground’ and share LNT love and we’re doing it again this year!  This is a training for our volunteers on the team, and a meal will be provided for the training.

LNT Outreach and Compliance volutneers

LNT Outreach and Compliance volunteers

Sunday – August 27, 2017

10:00 PM – 1:00 PM – Hot Springs Patrol Driver Training & Coordination Meeting – Our annual Sunday get together with all of the Rangers and Earth Guardians making hot spring patrols happen!  We’ll be reviewing driver shifts, protocols and daily coordination/communications before heading out on the playa to do a test drive around this year’s route to each hot spring and set up the volunteer shelters.  Go Drivers!

11:00 – 1:00 PM – Advanced LNT Outreach/Compliance TrainingAdvanced training for volunteers taking on the Team Lead Position. We’ll review team lead responsibilities, use of the Fulcrum Iphone/Ipad app and do some field testing to practice using the application before Monday’s shift.

4:00 PM – 11:00 PM – Earth Guardians Open Bar – Come try a “Gray Water” or “Black Water” drink!

5:00 PM– 6:00 PM – All Hands on Deck Camp Meeting All Earth Guardian campers are requested to attend this meeting to meet each other, go over the camp set up, coverage of camp shifts, and the event schedule for the week.

Monday – August 28, 2017

8:30 AM – 12:00 PM – LNT Outreach/Compliance Team: Interested in learning how BLM checks for BRC permit violations? We’ll be going out each morning with Friends of Black Rock volunteers as both LNT advisors and cultural ambassadors to check for spills and burn barrel problems.  It’s a great opportunity to include our own ‘boots on the ground’ and share LNT love.  Volunteers will get a meal after each morning or afternoon shift and should attend the pre-event or Tuesday training (2pm).

1:00 PM – 6:00 PM: Compliance Team: Interested in learning how BLM checks for BRC permit violations? We’ll be going out each morning and afternoon with Black Rock Rangers as LNT advisers as we follow up on oil and grey water spills and burn barrel problems.  It’s a great opportunity to include our own ‘boots on the ground’ and share LNT love.  Volunteers will get a meal after each shift and must attend the pre-event or Tuesday training (2pm).

3:00 PM – 4:00 PM – Procession to the Temple – Join Earth Guardians and Aztec dancers on a procession to the temple to offer a blessing and install a memorial banner.

Waiting for cookies!

Waiting for cookies!

4:00 PM – 11:00 PM Earth Guardians Open Bar – Come try a “Gray Water” or “Black Water” or a Fairy Shrimp Cocktail!

6:00 PM – 7:00 PM – Earth Guardian Pot Luck – Campers, come and meet your fellow campers at the Earth Guardian village.  Bring something fresh to share!

Tuesday – August 29, 2017

8:30 AM – 12:00 PM – LNT Outreach/Compliance Team: Interested in learning how BLM checks for BRC permit violations? We’ll be going out each morning with Friends of Black Rock volunteers as both LNT advisors and cultural ambassadors to check for spills and burn barrel problems.  It’s a great opportunity to include our own ‘boots on the ground’ and share LNT love.  Volunteers will get a meal after each morning or afternoon shift and should attend the pre-event or Tuesday training (2pm).

11:00 AM – 1:00 PM Champagne MOOP Train – All aboard the MOOP train! Get a ride to the perimeter fence on the Earth Guardian art car while sipping champagne and listening to music, then see what ends up on the fence and put it in your MOOP bag.!

Noon – 3:00 PM Alternative Energy Demo Garden – Food served baked in a solar oven.  An assortment of alternative energy devices will be on display including DIY solar ovens, a commercial solar oven, rocket stoves, evapotron for gray water and a Black Rock Solar array.

1:00 PM – 6:00 PM: Compliance Team: Interested in learning how BLM checks for BRC permit violations? We’ll be going out each morning and afternoon with Black Rock Rangers as LNT advisers as we follow up on oil and grey water spills and burn barrel problems.  It’s a great opportunity to include our own ‘boots on the ground’ and share LNT love.  Volunteers will get a meal after each shift and must attend the pre-event or Tuesday training (2pm).

Awesome Volunteers!

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM – Earth Guardian Information Desk Training/Activities Volunteers – Calling all Earth Guardians ready to volunteer to man our information desk where folks can come for information and help run the activities programs. We need YOU at our front line. This is a training session for all volunteers and all EG’s staying at the EG camp on the esplanade are expected to do at least three shifts. Shifts run from 9-noon, noon-3 and 3-6pm each day of the event.

2:00 PM – 4:00 PM – LNT Outreach /Compliance Team Training – Since 2013, Earth Guardians have been doing LNT outreach, checking for oil drips, grey water spills, black water spills and burn barrel problems. We were are both LNT advisors and ambassadors.  It’s a great opportunity to have ‘boots on the ground’ and share LNT love and we’re doing it again this year!  This is a training for our volunteers on the team, and a meal will be provided for the training.

4:00 PM – 5:00 PM – Breaking Free from Fossil Fuels!  –Environmental Campaigner and AEZ villager Amanda Starbuck and Truckee Mayor Morgan Goodwin will discuss the risks of our continued reliance on fossil fuels, and the fast-growing movement for a renewable energy revolution

4:00 PM – 11:00 PM – Earth Guardians Open Bar – Come try a “Gray Water” or “Black Water” or a Fairy Shrimp Cocktail!

7:00 PM – 11:00 PM – Earth Guardians Live Music Showcase – hosted by Nathyn Knott and friends featuring conscious music, poetry and dance inspired by our connection to the earth and nature.

Wednesday – August 30, 2017

6:30 AM – 8:30 AM Experience Deep Time on the Playa Bike Tour: This is your opportunity to contemplate Deep Time while on the playa. Your journey will be led by geology experts Drs. Elizabeth Miller (Stanford U) and John Dilles (Oregon SU). Bike to the outer playa to contemplate the history of this place we call home, from the deep time geologic framework to the ice ages, first human inhabitants in the region, post-glacial warming and the raw chant and inexorable warming of the Anthropocene era. Burn baby burn! P.S. Deep Time = Geologic Time.

8:30 AM – 12:00 PM – LNT Outreach/Compliance Team: Interested in learning how BLM checks for BRC permit violations? We’ll be going out each morning with Friends of Black Rock volunteers as both LNT advisors and cultural ambassadors to check for spills and burn barrel problems.  It’s a great opportunity to include our own ‘boots on the ground’ and share LNT love.  Volunteers will get a meal after each morning or afternoon shift and should attend the pre-event or Tuesday training (2pm).

10:30 AM – 12:00 PM Champagne Problems – Join us the 2nd annual Champagne Problems MOOP playa clean-up party! We’ll provide everything you need including a great crew and lots of champagne! Let’s take 1 hour to celebrate all the playa gives us by showing it some love.

11:00 AM – 1:00 PM –  Champagne MOOP Train – All aboard the MOOP train! Get a ride to the perimeter fence on the Earth Guardian art car while sipping champagne and listening to music, then see what ends up on the fence and put it in your MOOP bag.

Geology talk

Geology talk

Noon – 3:00 PM Alternative Energy Demo Garden – Food served baked in a solar oven. An assortment of alternative energy devices will be on display including DIY solar ovens, a commercial solar oven, rocket stoves, evapotron for gray water and a Black Rock Solar array.

11:30 AM – 12:30 PM: Geology of the Black Rock Desert – Ever wondered about those amazing land forms around Black Rock City? Come and learn how they were formed and what they’re about. Come and learn about the rocks from from Cathy Busby, our expert field geologist from UC Davis.

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM – Can You Really Live In An Off-Grid House Powered By Sunshine? –  Come take a tour of the Tiny Solar House, a 210-square foot off-grid house on wheels, and learn from one man’s experience living “off the grid” all across America. Topics will include limitations and hard-truths about the tiny house lifestyle, a general discussion about how to harness solar energy in your daily life, plus tips and suggestions for powering your home, large or small, with sunshine.

2:00 PM – 3:00 PM – Burning Man and the Environment – Since 1991 on the playa Burning Man has evolved and innovated to protect the Black Rock Desert. Learn the history starting with the installation of the perimeter fence, fire blankets and evapotrons. When was the Leave No Trace protocol brought to the playa? When was the first year for the Burner Express buses? What else is Burning Man doing to protect the Black Rock Desert and the planet?

3:00 PM – 4:00 PM Juice Lab & Snow Cone Saloon – Join Jai and Zobek for a kid-sponsored bar serving brightly colored juice in various states of matter (liquid and frozen!).

3:00 PM -4:30 PM  Fly Ranch Brainstorming Session – Join Earth Guardians to learn about the environment at Fly Ranch. What are the ecological opportunities and challenges we face as stewards of this desert oasis? Brainstorm ecological planning, development and restoration with the Fly Ranch project team.

Laura having fun on the bar

4:00 PM – 11:00 PM – Earth Guardians Open Bar – Come try a “Gray Water” or “Black Water” drink!

6:00 PM – 8:00 PM- Earth Party – Greening the Burn / Leave No Trace Cocktail Hour – we will celebrate all of you Green, Eco and LNT superheros with earthy libations from the EG bar and some Earth-produced nosh to celebrate the high valued LNT /green burners! All LNT/Green camps invited!.  Without you, Black Rock City would not be sustainable!

Thursday – August 31, 2017

6:15 AM – 9:00 AM Sunrise Playa Bike Tour With a Naturalist -The crack of dawn is the ‘golden hour’ for photography and the best time to see wildlife. We’ll tour the deep playa, search for “Golden MOOP” at the trash fence, and examine how art installations affect the environment. Cameras, binoculars and field guides welcome.

9:30 AM – 12 PM – Dynamics Bike Tour – The playa under our feet seems featureless, but this vast lake bed is a dynamic, complex environment. Join an expedition searching for clues to the processes that constantly reshape the surface. How does our temporary city and art affect the environment? See how Burning Man endeavors to Leave No Trace.

8:30 AM – 12:00 PM – LNT Outreach/Compliance Team: Interested in learning how BLM checks for BRC permit violations? We’ll be going out each morning with Friends of Black Rock volunteers as both LNT advisors and cultural ambassadors to check for spills and burn barrel problems.  It’s a great opportunity to include our own ‘boots on the ground’ and share LNT love.  Volunteers will get a meal after each morning or afternoon shift and should attend the pre-event or Tuesday training (2pm).

11:00 AM – 1:00 PM – Champagne MOOP Train – All aboard the MOOP train! Get a ride to the perimeter fence on the Earth Guardian art car while sipping champagne and listening to music, then see what ends up on the fence and put it in your MOOP bag.

Noon – 3:00 PM Alternative Energy Demo Garden – Food served baked in a solar oven. An assortment of alternative energy devices will be on display including DIY solar ovens, a commercial solar oven, rocket stoves, evapotron for gray water and a Black Rock Solar array.

11:30 – 12:00 PM – The Lorax- a performance piece – An impassioned recital of Dr. Seuss’ best title, for small and big Burners great pleasure. To gain inspiration for our planet’s salvation come through and partake of this treasure.

1:00 – 2:00 PM – Glue it, Screw it, Patch it. Repair it! Don’t Replace it! –  How to fix things that break, are worn or want to be re-purposed. Sometimes you have a favorite thing you just want to keep a little longer or most of the object is still good but a portion is loose or broken making the whole thing useless . This workshop will show you how to extend the life of an object.  Bring something to fix if you wish.  Hunger (playa name), the workshop leader,  has worked as a product designer and artist for over 40 years and enjoys fixing things.

Dave Cooper telling us about the Black Rock Desert

Dave Cooper telling us about the Black Rock Desert

2:00 PM – 3:00 PM – Our Inspiring Desert Home, the Black Rock Desert! Come learn about the vast Black Rock Desert and what makes it come alive. Dave Cooper, local and former manager of the Black Rock NCA will talk about playa dust, wilderness areas, historic emigrant trails, wildlife, wild horses, & more. Come with questions!

3:00 PM – 4:00 PM – More than just one word on Plastics:– Plastics: we love them and hate them. Rebecca Braslau, organic chemistry professor at UC Santa Cruz, will discuss the history of plastics, what they are made of, health, environmental and societal issues, and exciting developments in emerging biosustainable and biodegradable plastics.

3:00 PM – 4:00 PM Juice Lab & Snow Cone Saloon – Join Jai and Zobek for a kid-sponsored bar serving brightly colored juice in various states of matter (liquid and frozen!).

4:00 PM – 5:00 PM – Going Backwards to Go Forward  – We will explore ideas and items from the past that can be used today to help us live a more sustainable lifestyle by cutting back on waste and energy usage. The universe is preparing you for something much greater and like a sling shot, it’s going to shoot you forward, but you just have to move backwards for a little bit. “Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow.” ~Albert Einstein

4:00 PM – 11:00 PM – Earth Guardians Open Bar – Come try a “Gray Water” or “Black Water” drink!

5:00 PM – 6:00 PM – Happy Hour with Friends of the Black Rock Desert.

Chico leads us in a dance.

Chico leads us in a dance.

6:00 PM – 7:00 PM – Aztec Dance to Honor Mother Earth and the Four Directions –Aztec dancers with rare, traditional instrument accompanists will renew our connection to earth, wind, fire and water. Dances will be explained while connecting us to nature; we will end with a friendship community dance circle which all are encouraged to join.

9:00 PM – Midnight – Earth Guardians Live Salsa Party – Salsa music hosted by the Earth Guardian Aztec Dancers!

Friday – September 01, 2017

6:30 AM – 8:30 AM Experience Deep Time on the Playa Bike Tour: This is your opportunity to contemplate Deep Time while on the playa. Your journey will be led by geology experts Drs. Elizabeth Miller (Stanford U) and John Dilles (Oregon SU). Bike to the outer playa to contemplate the history of this place we call home, from the deep time geologic framework to the ice ages, first human inhabitants in the region, post-glacial warming and the raw chant and inexorable warming of the Anthropocene era. Burn baby burn! P.S. Deep Time = Geologic Time.

Andy getting ready to take out another bike tour!

Andy getting ready to take out another bike tour!

8:30 AM – 12:00 PM – LNT Outreach/Compliance Team: Interested in learning how BLM checks for BRC permit violations? We’ll be going out each morning with Friends of Black Rock volunteers as both LNT advisors and cultural ambassadors to check for spills and burn barrel problems.  It’s a great opportunity to include our own ‘boots on the ground’ and share LNT love.  Volunteers will get a meal after each morning or afternoon shift and should attend the pre-event or Tuesday training (2pm).

11:00 AM – 1:00 PM MOOP Champagne Train – All aboard the MOOP train! Get a ride to the perimeter fence on the Earth Guardian art car while sipping champagne and listening to music, then see what ends up on the fence and put it in your MOOP bag.

Noon – 3:00 PM Alternative Energy Demo Garden – Food served baked in a solar oven.  An assortment of alternative energy devices will be on display including DIY solar ovens, a commercial solar oven, rocket stoves, evapotron for gray water and a Black Rock Solar array.

I:00 PM – 2:00 PM – How Drought and Climate Change Threaten Little Monsters in Mountain Streams – Come look through microscopes with Dr. David Herbst, University of California Research Scientist, at amazing aquatic insects of Sierra Nevada streams and learn how they are threatened by climate change and drought.

2:00 PM – 3:00 PM  – Fixing Our Mistakes: Historic Mining Waste in the Sierra Nevada and Efforts to Clean It Up. Bruce Medhurst, Research Scientist at the University of California, will talk about a 20 year study to monitor the cleanup of acid mine drainage contaminating a Sierra Nevada stream.

Plastic Free Camping - EG Green Tour

Participants listening to Beth Terry explain her plastic free camp at Earth Guardians

3:00 PM – 4:00 PM – Our Inspiring Desert Home, the Black Rock Desert! – Learn about the vast Black Rock Desert and what makes it come alive. Dave Cooper, local and former manager of the Black Rock NCA will talk about playa dust, wilderness areas, historic emigrant trails, wildlife, wild horses, & more. Come with questions!

3:00 PM – 5:00 PM – Behind the Green Curtain Bike Tour: An interpretive bike tour of some of Black Rock City’s Green camps featuring solar installations, grey water set ups, recycling efforts, plastic-free living, solar cookers and much more, Come see what innovators are doing to make Black Rock City more environmentally friendly. (Beth Terry)

3:00 PM – 4:00 PM Juice Lab & Snow Cone Saloon – Join Jai and Zobek for a kid-sponsored bar serving brightly colored juice in various states of matter (liquid and frozen!).

4:00 PM – 11:00 PM – Earth Guardians Open Bar – Come try a “Gray Water” or “Black Water” drink!

5:30 PM – 6:30 PM –  EG Party Time – Let’s get together for a party to talk about how things are going and express gratitude for all our teams.

7:00 PM – 11:00 PM – Earth Guardians Live Music Showcase – hosted by Nathyn Knott and friends featuring conscious music, poetry and dance inspired by our connection to the earth and nature.

Saturday- September 02, 2017

8:30 AM – 12:00 PM – LNT Outreach/Compliance Team: Interested in learning how BLM checks for BRC permit violations? We’ll be going out each morning with Friends of Black Rock volunteers as both LNT advisors and cultural ambassadors to check for spills and burn barrel problems.  It’s a great opportunity to include our own ‘boots on the ground’ and share LNT love.  Volunteers will get a meal after each morning or afternoon shift and should attend the pre-event or Tuesday training (2pm).

9:00 AM – 11:00 AM – Behind the Green Curtain Bike Tour – An interpretive bike tour of some of Black Rock City’s Green camps featuring solar installations, grey water set ups, recycling efforts, plastic-free living, solar cookers and much more. Come see what innovators are doing to make Black Rock City more environmentally friendly.

10:00 – 11:00 AM – World’s Largest Fire Blanket – Senior Earth Guardian and Leave No Trace Master Educator Mike Bilbo will discuss the history of burn scars on the playa, Leave No Trace solutions, and Burning Man’s stewardship through large scale solutions known as burn platforms. Learn also what is the latest protocol for building a fire when camping in back country areas. Then off we go via bike tour to see the world’s largest fire blanket. How big is it, what is it made of? We will investigate.

 

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11:00 AM – 1:00 PM – Champagne MOOP Train – All aboard the MOOP train! Get a ride to the perimeter fence on the Earth Guardian art car while sipping champagne and listening to music, then see what ends up on the fence and put it in your MOOP bag.

11:30 AM – 12:30 PM – Geology of the Black Rock Desert – Ever wondered about those amazing land forms around Black Rock City? Come and learn how they were formed and what they’re about. Come and learn about the rocks from John Dilles, our expert Geology professor from Oregon State University

Noon – 3:00 PM Alternative Energy Demo Garden – Cookies served baked in a solar oven. An assortment of alternative energy devices will be on display including DIY solar ovens, a commercial solar oven, rocket stoves, evapotron for gray water and a Black Rock Solar array.

12:30 PM – 7:30 PM – Earth Guardians Open Bar – Come try a “Gray Water” or “Black Water” drink!

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM – Leave Big Pharma In The Dust – Alex Howe, aka Bush Ninja, has studied traditional herbalism in South Africa for the last 5 years and will help you with the BM principles of decommodification and self-reliance in meeting medicinal needs.  He’ll demonstrate how to make a natural healing balm for the skin and lips and give other practical herbalism tips.  There will be a limited supply giveaway of his finest craft to those who attend the full skill share.

2 pm – 3 pm – Beauty and Health Tips for the PlayaCaroline, direct from France, will demo home-made beauty products and other tricks to stay green and beautiful on the playa. Recipe of home-made sunscreen, wipes, foot cream for playa foot and how to take a shower with only one cup of water.

Ann helping folks make Tshirt bags

Ann helping folks make Tshirt bags

Sunday – September 03, 2017

6:00 PM – 7:00 PM – Earth Guardian Pot Luck – Campers, come and share some food with your fellow campers at the Earth Guardian village.  Bring what ever you have left to share!

Monday – September 04, 2017

9:00 AM – Thank You, Feedback and 2018 Planning Breakfast – Let’s get together over breakfast to talk about how things went, express gratitude for all our teams and maybe start to plan for 2018! Potluck and our managers will make camp breakfast for us.

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